The best part of Halloween takes place after dark – the time for colored lights, crazy surprises, and fun for all ages. In honor of those exciting October nights, The Mad T Party at Disney California Adventure has added a touch of Halloween to its Alice in Wonderland-themed dance party. Friday through Saturday all through October, revelers encounter Halloween décor, music, and costumed performers as they dance the night away.
We chatted with Robin Trowbridge, the party’s producer, about what it was like giving a Halloween flavor to the tea-party bash – and got some tips for attendees. “This is the first year we’ve had Halloween theming. The Mad T Party was inspired by Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland, so that theming was already a little crazy and out there. It was an easy blend to layer in some Halloween flavor,” he tells us.
Guests will be greeted with a new entry experience “through the rabbit hole” that brings them into the party, and new videos and projections have a spooky flavor. And of course there will be seasonal music, too. Robin winks, “I don’t want to give way any secrets, but if you come out, you might want to get ready to do the Time Warp!“
The Halloween elements are fun, but not scary – and that’s important to Robin and his team, because the Mad T Party is meant to appeal to the whole family. “That was a really big goal, to make sure we had something for everybody. There’s an arcade and face-painting for the kids, and lots more fun things to do. Mom and Dad will hear some favorite songs and contemporary music,” Robin adds, “One of my favorite things at the T Party is to see a dad with a three-year-old on his shoulders and they’re there dancing all night!”
To experience the Mad T Party in its full glory, Robin recommends being there at the beginning of the night to experience the Rabbit Hole opening at 7 p.m. on Fridays or 6 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. But, he says, “There’s a lot to see and do whenever you come – the music changes every hour, and there are new dancers every hour. But even if you only spend half an hour or 20 minutes at the Mad T Party, you’re going to be overwhelmed and you’re going to have fun!”
If you want to join the Halloween revelers, seize the night before the end of the month. Come November, the T Party will revert to its usual madness for another year.